Boze Elementary School Replacement

Korsmo Construction completed the new Boze Elementary School, which is the first K-12 public school built with the progressive design-build delivery method in Washington State. Programming, design, and permitting were completed in record time and set the project guaranteed maximum price within budget and on schedule at the conclusion of design development.

The new facility can accommodate 550 students and provides a science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM)-based, three-track program, including early childhood education, preschool, community room with outside access; gymnasium; café; music and performing arts rooms; and a Women, Infant, and Children (WIC) program clinic.

Korsmo mitigated several off-site improvements that were initially required by the City of Tacoma. One related to water services to the new school. The City initially required a point of connection that would require substantial upgrades to existing systems and placement of vaults that created very long routing to the building. Our team identified another water main at a more advantageous location. We presented the plan to the City and they agreed it was more in line with their intent. This saved the owner nearly $80,000 in unnecessary trenching, piping, and restoration costs.

The adjacent existing school buildings have remained fully operational while the new school is under construction.

Your team has done an outstanding job, and the demolition reminded me of just how fast this project has gone. It took 13 months for the design and about that same time for construction. This project has had no change orders and very few RFIs, which is a testament to the team leader and the quality of your team in the field.

— Morris Aldridge, Executive Director of Planning and Construction: Tacoma Public Schools

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